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First, I want to stress that this isn’t to suggest that dads are incompetent. They absolutely are not, but if your husband is anything like mine, he probably wants to keep it simple when it comes to cloth diapering. He may even be skeptical of the idea all together.
It took us six months to start cloth diapering and even longer for my husband to get on board. We have now been cloth diapering for about sixteen months and even now I know that he would rather use disposables. But he sees how much money we save and how much less garbage we generate every time he sees the amount of diapers in the basket on diaper laundry day, so that makes him a reluctant but willing participant.
For the dads grandparents, or babysitters out there, I have compiled a list of the our favorite cloth diapers for dads. We have a large and eclectic stash and I have used a lot of different brands and styles of cloth diapers. Of course opinions are like . . . well, everyone has one, but these are the brands that my husband consistently reaches for whenever they are clean.
The AppleCheeks two size envelope system is a great, simple diaper. There aren’t any rise snaps to worry about and the opening on the inside of the cover allows for the insert to agitate out in the wash so if the diaper isn’t unstuffed before being put in the wet bag or pail it isn’t a big deal. The way the tabs are designed make it nearly impossible to get wing droop as well. Trust me, my husband can make any diaper’s wings droop so this is a great feature for us!
The Blueberry Deluxe is a one size diaper that my husband seems to reach for a lot. If you have read my diaper reviews you will see that I am a huge Blueberry and Swaddlebees fan. I can’t pinpoint why these diapers are so great for us, but there’s just something about them. I like their slightly uneven snap placement because it allows for a snug fit on the legs without it being too tight on the waist. I typically secure the leg snap one tighter than the waist snap on these diapers for the perfect fit. I have tried this on other diapers and I end up with bunching at the snaps.
bumGenius is a very well-known and popular brand of cloth diaper. It is a typical one-size pocket diaper with a very simple design that makes it perfect for dads and skeptics. The tabs are semi-stretchy so it’s very easy to get a good fit.
Charlie Banana is a one size diaper system without rise snaps. The elastic is adjustable from inside the leg and is similar to a bra strap which makes adjustment easy without having to snap the rise up or down. This is a diaper that my husband grabs often.
I know, I know. I hesitated putting this diaper on this list because it isn’t in everyone’s budget and they haven’t been easy to acquire in the past, but this is a list of dad-friendly diapers and if you are able and willing to buy one, this is a nice option. Typically my husband doesn’t like all in two (AI2) diapers. The least amount of “parts”, the better. However, the Ragababe 2-Step’s insert snaps into the back and then tucks into a little flap in the front so it is just as easy as using a one-piece pocket or AIO diaper. The velcro is also a nice easy feature for those who would prefer the (perceived) ease of a disposable diaper.
There has been a lot of talk recently about “China cheapies” and yes, Sunbaby diapers are from China. On their website’s About Us page the owner, Sun pei assures us that her diapers are manufactured under fair labor conditions. I have tried other China diapers, mostly rebranded versions of the same diaper, and Sunbaby diapers are different. Their shape is different and I am able to get a better fit with them. Also their lining is much nicer than the others. Instead of a lower quality suedecloth, Sunbaby uses a very soft microfleece. This is my husband’s absolute favorite diaper. I’m not sure if it’s more about the diaper itself or the super cute argyle print we have (as shown) but I hardly ever get to use this one!
Of course there are other dad-friendly diapers out there and your opinions on the best cloth diapers for dads may differ, but these are the ones that have worked the best for my very picky husband.
What are your favorite dad-friendly diapers?